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Planning a trip to Thailand?

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Thailand offers plenty of just about everything a traveller could wish for, from the vibrancy of Bangkok to rural villages and hill tribes, to the idyllic southern islands, Thailand is the sort of place you visit once and long for forever.

  • Currency: Baht (THB)
  • National Language: Thai
  • Time difference: Bangkok is 6 hours ahead of the UK
  • Flight time: The average flight time from London to Bangkok is 11h 15min

Did you know?

Monkey festival

One of the country's most unusual festivals is the annual Monkey Buffet, held in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province.

More than 600 monkeys are invited to a feast, which the locals say is a thank you to the monkeys for bringing thousands of tourists to the village each year.

 Thailand is truly a land of temples, with 35,000 of them. Visiting them requires modest clothing, meaning no shorts or sleeveless shirts.


Siamese cats

Thailand used to be known as Siam, and it's the country where Siamese cats originated from.

Though there used to be 23 types of Siamese cats, there are now only six.

Giving a pair of Siamese cats to a bride on her wedding day is considered good luck.

Thailand is home to the smallest mammal in the world, the Bumblebee bat, also known as Kitti's hog-nosed bat.


Thai sports

Muay Thai boxing is the national sport. It is known as "the art of eight limbs" as it uses punches, kicks, elbows and knees.

Elephant polo is another popular pastime. The King's Cup is one of the key events in the sport's calendar – the beach resort of Hua Hin is one of three host venues (the others are in Sri Lanka and Nepal).

An elephant's trunk has more than 40,000 muscles, more than all the muscles in a human body combined.

Thailand's islands are famous for their white sand beaches

Stunning beaches, sophisticated cuisine and Buddhist culture

Thailand offers many quintessential Southeast Asian travel experiences: you'll find everything from ancient monasteries and Buddhist monks to tropical islands, golden beaches and pristine coral reefs. There's also Bangkok, the most bustling capital city in Southeast Asia.

Whether you're looking to rough it or go five star, you'll find all sorts in Thailand. Thailand has become more upmarket in the last decade. Almost all hotels are air-conditioned, and include a spa offering Thai massage. 

The beaches and islands of the south are a dream location for scuba divers, rock-climbers and watersports enthusiasts, while the tropical jungles of the north are popular with hikers and trekkers looking to get up close to nature. 

From fine restaurants to street stalls and night markets, Thailand provides many cuisine options, and it's often much cheaper too. With the cost of eating in Bangkok, for example, costing up to 75 per cent less than the cost of dining out in London.

 

As with any travel or holiday destination it's recommended that you arrange travel insurance as near as possible to booking your trip, this could cover you in the event of unforeseen cancellations.

 

As a responsible travel insurer we always recommend you check for the latest Foreign Office advice before visiting any country, the latest FCO advice for Thailand can be found here.